As the weather gets nicer outside and daylight lengthens, take a few extra seconds as you walk toward your destination to check out potential risks.
-Are people coming and going or is the area unusually quiet?
-Do you observe any obstacles or hiding places in the parking lot or along the street?
-Is anyone loitering in the area?
Observing these few things can be just what it takes to know your surroundings and if you feel safe, or if you want to take precautions and contact someone or even leave the area.